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Sabine Lautenschlaeger, one of the EU’s top banking supervisors

‘Overbanking’ in Europe

While American banks recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, lenders in Europe have languished. Contrasting regulatory approaches and economic environments account for some of the differences, but European banking authorities have their own explanation: “overbanking.” Their reasoning is odd, not least because the European Union’s banking sector is shrinking.

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